Recently, the press was denied access to two fundraisers where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. Requests for admission by local media were denied by the Vice President’s press office, a move that mirrors the recent shut-out of the Boston Herald by the Administration of President Barack Obama.
The residents of Santa Monica, Calif., may consider a ballot initiative in 2012 that would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise a male before the age of 18, according to an article on FoxNews.com. The controversial proposal is spearheaded by a group called MGMBill, where MGM stands for “male genital mutilation.”
A circuit court judge in Wisconsin has struck down the State’s law that strips nearly all collective-bargaining rights from public employees. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that GOP lawmakers broke the State’s open meetings laws by approving it.
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded by for-profit colleges has increased by more than 400 percent over the past decade.
The result of a recent special Congressional election in New York has raised concerns for some GOP officials. On May 24, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a district traditionally held by Republicans.
Top officials at FreedomWorks, arguably the Nation’s most influential Tea Party group, have set the goal of stopping former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney from receiving the Republican nod for the 2012 Presidential race. “Romney has a record, and we don’t really like it that much,” Adam Brandon, the group’s communications director, told The Huffington Post.
A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research reveals that half of all Americans would find it difficult to scrape together $2,000 for a minor financial emergency, such as car trouble or an unexpected medical bill. “Roughly 28 percent said they ‘certainly’ would not be able to cope with an unexpected $2,000 bill if they had to come up with the money in 30 days, and another 22 percent said they ‘probably’ would not be able to cope,” read an article on CNN.com. “Only a quarter of Americans said they are certain they would be able to come up with the funds.”
The leaves of the crepe jasmine plant have long been used in Asia as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Now, researchers have discovered that a byproduct of the plant’s bark called conolidine may be powerful enough to rival morphine in the pain-killing arena.
The budget proposal created by Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been rejected by the United States Senate. On May 25, every Democrat in the chamber and five Republicans struck down Ryan’s budget for fiscal year 2012, including its provision to replace the current Medicare system with a voucher program.
Advocates for immigration reform have scored a major victory, as the Supreme Court recently upheld the Arizona law that punishes businesses for hiring illegal aliens.